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for the rule of law and if the security of our mexican people forces us to stop the traffic of weapons and money that goes from north to south againwith these organized crime groups. the exchange of information and the building of our institutions is needed for our cooperation. it is an international crisis that we face. the north american region has to take the leadership in taking necessary measures to recover our economic growth. in our task we have set to implement cyclical measures that have been put into action. and according manner we can stabilize our economy and bring about trustworthiness in regard to the future of the global economy. it is necessary to build our financial international institutions. the international monetary fund, which is fundamental to guarantee financial resources in the case of latin america. the support that will be a enabe us. commitment in regard to the poor countries in the regent of the north american countries, certain that at the next g-20 meeting that shall take place in pittsburg, united states will be a great opportunity to build the necessary
stone." he seems like a really great person. >> can you show us your dog tag? oh, maybe not. >> it is under this tie and shirt. i cannot do it right now. [laughter] i have a special one that my family "for christmas a couple of years ago. i wear that. these are also very special. i see these at the shows and i see people wearing them. they come up and show me that they have supported the cause. they are either diabetic or they're hoping to raise awareness and that means a lot to me. >> how do you keep going when you were feeling down? >> knowing that there are people out there who have been encouraged or inspired by my story and if there is a moment where i am frustrated with my struggle with diabetes, i look forward to that moment and know that is coming and that makes it work. >> where do you get inspiration for your songs, the -- besides the diabetes? >> i tried to pull inspiration from a ribbon around us, relationships, personal things try to make it real to who we are. >> this comes from caroline, who has been a diabetic for 13 years. she says she has been a diabetic fo
. there is however a need for consistency and rigor and the use of award fee. we should incentivize the contractor performance excellence. i fully support the recommendation that we establish an evaluation factors. definitions of performance, associated fees, and infatuation scales that motivate performance and prohibited fees for unsatisfactory performance. it is effectively using these contras to incentivize excellent contract performance. it is in line with the guidance in december 2007. we will strengthen that policy by issuing amplifying guidance that addresses the concerns raised byjao and recognizes that our major programs, all board, and the requirements need to be tailored to their different mission portfolios and contract objectives. specifically, we will is expected guidance in choosing the right contract time, determine ratings and other categories, and the fee paid for meeting the standards. and ensure that the fee is not pay for unsatisfactory performance. we are committed to working with any interagency group to establish how best to what i weighed this is a tool for improving contr
and getting hired by contractors, who were being sold back to us by the contractor because we still had needs that over the skill-set that the government employee had. . employee would not grant a for an employee who resigned from the agency for a period of 12 months. that's not retired from the agency. if you put enough years in the agency to be eligible for retirement i said, god bless you, you've put your time on, you can move on. but for resignations, the one tool we had was the clearance process and we simply said if you left here, resigned in the last 12 months you're not getting a clearance. i did not want to become the triple-a farm team for a bunch of organizations around the beltway and provide them trained personnel to sell back to us. that too is government efficiency and it doesn't say anything about the contractors. >> right, right, so basically you were losing all these people that were coming back and had to pay for them. >> yeah. >> jack, in the old days this idea of retiring from the c.i.a. and going back and working for them was, i believe, called double dipping, right? it
potential for the future. to all those who are idle in the cities and industries of america let us provide new hope for the dignity of useful work. democrats have always believed that a basic civil right of all americans is their right to earn their own way. the party of the people must always be the party of full employment. [applause] . [applause] to all those who work hard for a living wage let us provide new hope that the price of their employment shall not be an unsafe workplace and a death at an earlier age. to all those who inhabit our land from california to the new york island, from the redwood forest to the gulfstream waters, let us provide new hope that prosperity shall not be purchased by poisoning the air, the rivers and the natural resources that are the greatest gift of this continent. [applause] we must insist that our children and our grandchildren shall inherit a land which they can truly call america the beautiful. [applause] to all those who see the worth of their work and their savings taken by inflation, let us offer new hope for a stable economy. we must meet
for household. and again, this is an analysis of household, and not businesses. and this is just the u.s. especially as we think of new technology innovations coming on line, five or so years, we think that probably a better situation would be to wait and let them more cost effective technologies come and place your. finally i just want to point to future research. if you're that interested in u.s., shane and i are currently working on doing a similar analysis for other world nations, and you canook for that later this year, if you're particularly interested. thank you. >> will the paper be done by the end of this panel? [laughter] thanks to our next speaker is chris forman who is associate professor in the robert and stevie schmidt term professor of it management of the college of management at georgia institute of technology. he is research interests include adoption and return to it investment among business, with particular interest in the role of geography and standards on the guy of it infrastructure investment. he also sees innovation at the it software industry. >> thanks. what i
committees. that never would have occurred to us. i don't think anybody spent 10 minutes thinking about welfare and health care proposals at the same time to these committees. that is exactly what this administration has done and maybe we will really learn something here. . >> we were in an unusual situation. democrats have not been in the white house and 12 years. almost no one one worked in the white house. we had very little idea. they told us a little bit about how this works. they do not know how i white house works. he can see a dramatic difference on how the obama administration hit the ground running. they have done it before. i imagine that most campaign workers feel the same anxiety the moment that their candidate wins and realize that now you have to share this thing with everybody else. yet to do with a party that was on helpful or oppose what you are trying to do. now they were in as good of a position to get an influential role in the administration as you waere. you actually believe in the guy you just elected. it is difficult and important for a white house to figure out
and human misery as weapons against the inflation. let us pledge that employment will be the first priority of our economic policy. . across the generations. it is the glory and the greatness of our tradition to speak for those who have no voice, to remember those who are forgotten, to respond to the frustrations and fulfill the aspirations of all americans seeking a better life in a better land. we dare not forsake that tradition. we cannot let the great purposes of the democratic party become the bygone passages of history. we must not permit the republicans to seize and run on the slogans of prosperity. we heard the orators at their convention all trying to talk like democrats. they proved that even republican nominees can quote franklin roosevelt to their own purpose. the grand old party thinks it has found a great new trick, but 40 years ago an earlier generation of republicans attempted the same trick. and franklin roosevelt himself replied, "most republican leaders have bitterly fought and blocked the forward surge of average men and women in their pursuit of happiness. let
did that. -- i would rather you not to do that. those costs for everyone who is using emergency care for their primary care, those costs are being adored by the 85% of us who actually already have health insurance. they would pay about $150 or so for a health-care provider to get $20 with the medication so that i did not have to use the emergency room as the primary health-care provider. i was that no one else did have that kind of experience that i have had. there are probably many more things that i could cover right now, but i know that my staff is giving me a signal of 1 minute. i have exhausted more than that. what i would like to do now is have the opportunity to take your questions. the way the we are going to handle questions is that these microphones are right here. you can line up behind the microphones to ask a question. out of respect for the people and everybody in the room, it will be great if you use your one minute for your question otherwise it does not matter. maker statement or question. you are just going to get one minute to do it. as you can see, a lot of people
their coverage over. but leave us alone, that is all that we would ask. will you leave us alone. [applause] i would like to ask you if you will commit to working on those problems rather than throwing everything into turmoil. >> what -- would i commit to working on those problems and throwing everything into turmoil, that is a general statement that i can agree with, i will stay in touch and i will be back next year. and if i am reelected i will be back the year after that. who has no. 7? >> thank you for coming, arlen specter. >> let me answer more fully. i do not want to see tomorrow, we want to have a sense of an answer. we have a series of problems. i want to take them up one by one. we want to figure out what the problem is, and what is the way that we should deal with them in a democracy. >> [inaudible] >> i am not familiar with 3400, let me move on. >> i am a republican, but i am a conservative. i do not believe this is just about health care. it is not about tarp, left and right. this is about the systematic dismantling of this country. dismantling of this country. 'm only 35 years ol
acclaim. in front of black and white audiences struggle to write the nation's moral compass, he brought us the common tragedy of racism, reconciliation, and the joys of everyday life. the man would near the character and would advance the nation's dialogue on race and respect. chita rivera. from stage to screen, she has captured america's imagination with their magnetic presence and radiant voice. over a career that has spanned a half century, she has received numerous accolades for her performances including two tony awards, six nominations, and the kennedy center honors award. as perilous as any to an open would west side story" -- she is broken traditions and inspired women to follow in her footsteps. we honor her for her lifetime of achievement as one of america's great artists. mary robinson. for mary robinson, the fight to end discrimination and suffering is an urgent moral imperative. she has been a trail blazing crusader for women's rights in ireland and an advocate for equality and human rights around the world. whether courageously visiting poverty stricken regions were working t
york university. good morning. >> good morning. >> host: thank you for being with us. you have tracked the obama administration, their changeover in power and how things are going, give us a sense of how the public is feeling about president obama right now. >> well, it has been a bad 100 days for the obama administration. pretty upbeat and lots of things happening the first 100 days. really rolling forward with the stimulus package and so forth, but the second 100 days have been tough. his approval ratings are down. there's bitter, emerging fight over healthcare, obviously. i think that in many ways he's given too much power to the house and the senate. too much hour to nancy pelosi, speaker of of the house, and harry reid, the senate majority leader, to push legislation forward. he hasn't exerted the powers of the presidency really to push this debate forward on a plan that he favors. he's quite equivocal on healthcare from week to week. do we require a government option? do we not? he's flip-flopped on that issue. this is a pretty tough time for him and unless he comes out of the au
boundaries in the united states and for u.s. financial institutions. but i also think that that we need to coordinate globally since our markets and institutions are global as well. as far as the u.s. is concerned, you know, we have a multiplicity of regulators and even in the sweeping proposal from the treasury or in other regulatory proposals i haven't heard any move to -- you know, to consolidate them all into one and as i indicated, it's not clear to me that doing so would produce a better outcome. so the coordination would have to take place among the various regulators tt we have. however, we reshaped them so that information doesn't slip through the cracks so that we don't miss the activities of institutions who are regulated by one group or one regulator but who are engaged in activities that are properly the responsibility of, if you will, collectively all the relators. that extends across borders because markets are global and we need to court -- coordinate across borders with their counterparts across the seas and taking into account what institutions are doing either to as
, most of us probably can't recall many disasters occurring in the country. we haven't had any hurricanes yet although we have one barreling out in the atlantic in the last 24 hours. we haven't had many earthquakes that we can remember but yet we've still had 76 declarations this year that have been fairly routine types of disasters. so with that it's a great time for us to have this conversation. it's really a great honor for me to introduce nancy dranani, who is a buckeye which i'm proud to say as a fellow buckeye but even more importantly, you know, i had the privilege of sitting down with nancy and her team to really learn what it is ohio is doing to become responsible in this era and to be honest when it comes to emergency management and so as part of, you know, the book i wrote that we talked about, i have case studies and ohio is one of the case studies on disaster response because i call it an honest approach for emergencies and they do a fantastic job to decentralize even more so down to the local level to make sure that everyone from the individual to the lower government to the
we help them to enhance what they had, to use it better, and to use additional functions around population management and care planning. we fanlight -- we found that our criticisms were helpful and they could do it. most of them came back to was very excited about it, but says they were paying for this themselves, to sustain this day needed change meant in the payment that a guy. we call this paid-for-proactive care, for all setting and interviewing for behavioral change and education. mber per month is . is really helpful to see some cost savings and the clinics really needed to be able to refer whoever they could -- that they saw the need for, into the program to make it work, to make that efficiency work. so that's really what i had to say. thank you again for having me. >> thank you. sue, take us to colorado. >> thank you. it's my pleasure to talk about the medicaid medical homes for children pilot that we initiated a couple of years ago. and i'd like to share some brief background to put it into context. when governor bill ritter came into office in 2007, healthcare was a t
to performance and growth. the big down turn in-housing and credit that lead us into the recession of 2007. this appears now to be at or near an end. lenders have been reluck >> the climb by 1.4% during the second quarter of decline. how long this will persist is hard to say. the 1990, 1991 recession in the decline. the loan ambulances fell slightly in only one quarter. credit problemsp>o in 1990 and 1991. as we have discussed in briefings. we have seen less than $30 billion. commercial mortgageage so far this year. with that said, total u.s. mortgage administration. this is mostly on the strength of lending back. banks and thrifts remain active in originating these orths we'll look for loan demand to rise as their confidence improved. there's also a general expectation that this will take place through the balance of banks and thrifts. with that, i'll turn it over to john core ston >> thank you and good morning. starting with construction and development portfolios. in charge one, charge offs dropped dramatically. noefrj 14% declined. the balance from a year ago, the volume continues to r
listened very early on in the transition that the way to have influence and to be useful is to have a good analysis. many members of my staff wanted to come with me today. i have the world's best staff. we have a great group of talented economists. i've been very pleased to the degree people will say tell us what is true. not making us some numbers that will support our opinions. that is a really positive side about the polls process. >> can you give us any insights about what the daily presidential briefings are like on economic policy and what is the president's understanding of economics for somebody who isn't trained in that area. >> the scary thing is to be in one of these briefings and someone ask body is a question and the president answers it. he absolutely knows a lot of economics. the briefings are, you know, one of the things that has been hard to get used to, there is often a scheduled topic. people will take turns. today we'll brief the president on what we can expect about inflation or deflation and what we can expect about the jobs numbers. one of the things you learn is you
and friends, it is an honor to have you with us today and it is an honor for us to host this important celebration. early this year, mason was privileged to be one of the many universities and colleges across the nation to commit itself to the yellow ribbon education enhancement program. a provision to have post 9/11 veterans, the act in 2008, this initiative is designed to extend higher education funding for service men and women who served after the september 11 2001 attacks. i know that mentals of that day still re-- memories of that stay dill remain in all day still remain in all of our hearts. each-year mason's military and veterans office serves nearly 1,000 active duty reserve national guard and veteran students. it provides them with assistance and academic counseling. just as important, this office helps our military men and women adapt from military life to collegiate life and establish a sense of community in what to many is a new environment. we take much pride in the work of this office. today's celebration would not be possible without the leadership and vision of virgini
, paul rainwater, joining us this morning. thank you for being on. . >> a live picture from the center for american progress. a moment or two away from the start of a forum on the challenges facing labor. we will hear from richard trumka, tended to become the next president of the afl-cio -- today to become the next president of the afl-cio. -- candidate to become the next president of the afl-cio. ilive coverage on c-span. >> good morning, everyone. welcome to the center for american progress action fund. i'm executive vice president here. it is my great pleasure to welcome you all to the first that of our new series called "perspectives on the future of the american labor movement." is hosted by the center for american progress's american worker project, which conducts research on how we can increase the wages, benefits, and security of all american workers, and promotes their rights at work and make sure that the american worker perspective is central to all work at the center for american progress, whether it is that the economy, in government, health care, and host of other issues
of that it can you have us to adjust our labor and staffing profiles where we had to go with a higher percentage of ec pats than local nationals. and -- ex-pats than local nationals and has a direct cost implication and being directed to move to a more aggressive timeline was one bucket of costs that got adjusted . >> can you tell us from what to what, x month to y month. >> i can't give -- >> or maybe one of your experts could, so we have an idea. >> i can get you, can get that you information, i think the -- i think the relevant piece of data, though is that it forced us into a profile that looked very different from what we bid and we had bid a 10 to 15% range in terms of ex-pats to total population and we are now at about 50. and we will work that mix over time, but the support, the transition and to meet this transition timelines, that was the workforce that we had to accommodate and have in place and that is one big bucket. >> let me ask you they're ex-pats charging you more than they charged on the kbr contract. >> no, they are not. >> okay. >> my understanding is that we transitioned emp
to use their deep pockets to fight against it. they will lose just liked they lost -- just like they lost against lacrosse. this will not work. >> can we get the next question from the audience? jill from ohio, she is actually here, she asked me to ask you, how do we keep mental health parity in the discussion? health care is very important but that often gets left by the wayside. [applause] i have to say, she writes like she talks.com. . . health parity in vermont. 14 years later, as governor, i signed the bill. that's how long it took us to get this done, in a relatively progressive state. so it is a real problem. we have a mental health parity bill in this country, it was passed in honor of pete demencchi. as with abortion, this issue will ultimately, i hope, be settled by this panel of people who are going to make up the benefits. at minimum, they will have to obey the law and the law says, that insurance has to include meant at health benefits. the question is, the nitty gritty is how many limits and what are they allowed to do in order to limit the benefits? order to limit
's a practice that actually serves those needs for you. and many of us in the room experience that, most of you deliver those types of care to your patients. but it's too often not the case. the and so in the care system of the future we will absolutely have a much more robust primary care system that will more like what we talk about today. next i want to point out that around the table is incredible impact. we have seven systems who have all taken primary care in different ways but all with similarly impressive results. we're going to hear stories today about how north carolina saved $400 million already taking better care of medicare patients. -- across a really set of patients who are different and complicated in different ways than the population that allen is going to talk about. how colorado has really improved pediatric care and had remarkable improvement in compliance in state metrics. how group health has very quickly avoided a lot of emergency room says visits that would have led to both -- outcomes, frustration and expense for families and how geisinger has -- we have really compell
a lot of your books and as a matter of fact use the one that introduced me to your books and i am in all of you. >> host: who is on the cover, ms. walker? >> guest: i don't know who that is. she could be all of us. >> host: next call, patagonia arizona. >> caller: hello, ms. walker. hello? amaya there? hello? >> guest: you are here, hello. >> caller: you look exactly as you were 20 years ago when i saw you. i know you live the good life. >> guest: thank you. >> caller: i am 62 years. i was born in the philippines. your books have always made me cry. i just want to tell you that you gi me hope on this planet that somehow. >> host: caller, why do alice walker's books make you cry? >> caller: because there's so truthful and because i wish more people would read them, unfortunately some people -- some people are too poor to read or they are looking for their next day's food to eat. >> host: thank you caller. >> guest: here is a kiss on both cheeks and tears are fine. they are just cleaning the windows. could you have any idea how many books you have sold? >> guest: 10 million a thing, someth
to my other question. you know, one of the things that we -- we use these terms aaa, aa, bb, what have you, but one of the things that i've felt that investors have not had, and i'm not sure i've had, is someone who's on the issuer's side and on the investor's side that we've ever translated that into what does that mean in terms of the actual percentage chance of default, number one, or the second category, even if there is a default, what -- what percentage of my investment could be truly in jeopardy? and should we, as we think about this -- these therm terms think putting some commonly accepted standards around for investors. what is the percentage of default risk, what percentage of your investment are you potentially going to lose? 10%, 50%, 100%? we've talked about structured products and unstructured products. should be try to translate these letter grade ratings into actual percentage of risk of default or risk of amount of loss? >> yes, senator. i think that's absolutely critical to demystifying the process, making it more transparent. in our proposal, we fully agree with you,
showed us. of how much you've been paid for these functions under the gls function so it's $2.8 million. i'm just asking how many people you employ for that amount of money and you just said that was four to six people. >> yes the direct range of contract range four to six personnel. in addition, we have our indirect personnel which i described as our human resources legal and other support staffs that are not -- >> and you're going to apply that -- give us that statement -- figure for the record? >> commissioner zakheim? >> you have a distinguished career as a lawyer and you mentioned another division. do you have any operational experience in this area? what we're talking about now? have you been to iraq? >> no i haven't. >> you have not been. have you been in a line of responsibility like these two other gentleman? >> i have not had general manager or profit and loss responsibility. >> okay. so you haven't been in a line of responsibility. i'm a little puzzled why are you here? >> i'm here because i get very involved at the business level in major matters and i was very -- >> but you
sure that we use less foreign oil. . . >> all their hopes wr dashed because this is a tough, cynical town. we're going to be able to show them that basically you can't get anything done in this town. you can't change things. and everything always immediately becomes partisan. and governments -- way too complicated and congress is way too paralyze add the special interests are way too powerful to bring about meaningful, big changes that help the american people. that's the storyline they're operating on. but that's the storyline wie been fighting against this entire time. from the day we announced this race, we were fighting against that. and they have been trying to write that story again and again and again. we are not going to give up now. [applause] >> we are not going to give up now. we're going to get this done and show the american people that the government can work for them. thank you, everybody. god bless you. [cheering] [cheering] [cheering] [applause] >> as the selt care conversation continues, c-span's health care shub a key resource. keep up to date with health care even
individuals c learn about their own investing, about the flaws all of us have in deali with money a the future isith the combination ase. but figuring out how markets work it's interesting that the impact has been limited. there are not any great behavioral theories that explain what happened over the last few years. there aret any super great non-behavioral fees' the explain it either but it's not like someone has come along a said i can using lessons of cogtive psychology expept in everything that's happened. i thi that dan at mit has a chapter in the revised second edition in his book "predictably irrational" that claims to do that but i don't think that he manages it. >> on that very point many people may be wondering at this point in the conveation to we actually need a grand unified theory to explain the market's and what wou be the dowide of not having one now that we've seen the downside of having some that may not be perfectly accurate? >> i think it is healthier not to have a grand unified theory. the problem is it's hard to knock a theory of its pestal if you don't have a new one. b
mohammed is never called by patrick fitzgerald in the most important case of his career, u.s. versus bin laden in february of 01. imagine that they called ali and defense attorneys peel back the layers the way i had done in this book three, for how many months before 9/11? maybe someone with that connect the dots. one week after 9/11, he writes out, jacqueline flies to new york and the brink aaliyah from florida where he is thing and he writes, he writes of the whole plot. he had to know. he was in bin laden house training his bodyguards. the principles by about qaeda. get to know the plot because how could he not? the platts began in 94. eve nicki take the 9/11 commission, he had to know. so, how was it that patrick fitzgerald cut a deal with him arrested him in 92 years before 9/11 and never got the plot out of him. that is a question i would like to ask if patrick would show up at a forum on booktv or me me anywhere. 9/11 report, they have a very, here is what they say. the embassy bombings as early as december 93 operatives began casing targets and nairobi. he provided guidance and t
, thinking, to use the phrase that sheila used, "i have no skin in this game any more." of the skin being this particular instrument. it starts with the borrower. he has no risk whatsoever. there is no equity in the house. he is getting 100% of loan. sometimes it is a liar alone. the broker who arranges the loan has no risk in the game, because he passes it on to the lender. the lender has no risk in the game because he passes it on to the gse. the tse has no risk, because with the rating agency that has no risk, it has rated it, and he can pass it on and securitized it to somebody else. at every step of the way, somebody makes money -- on a fee, a commission, whatever it might be. and when the music stops, it turns out that everybody at risk in the game, because the whole thing collapses. i would like to know a regulator that can focus on that question, not how big you are, but where are you in this chain of musical passing on of risk, musical chairs, if you will? no more loans in the beginning. no more liar loans. brokers, you have to have some kind of risk if you get involved in broker
. sometimes, it got us in trouble. at the beginning of the green revolution, we were supposed to be at a green event together. i drive around a compact hybrid. our staff thought it would be good for teddy and i to be arriving at the event together in my hybrid. we are both small guys, by the way. it was too small for me into it -- certainly too small for the two of us. to overgrown peas in a pot -- in a pod. we sought alternate transportation, but we never stopped fighting for progress together. i threw a party for him in boston. i made him the honor edit -- thinking about him that day makes me smile. the senator took a bit too seriously, and set out to direct traffic on boston harbor. [laughter] i imagine that it was a role suited to him. he was a guardian. he watched over the tired, the weary, and the worn out. that was ted kennedy. when the phone rings, i missed teddy's voice at the end of the line. i am sad that it will not echo in the halls of the senate. the sound of the cools get -- the school kids, immigration -- immigrants taking the citizenship oath, neighbors offering neighbors a he
, is this question of justice, corruption, this necks us of rule of law, that again i believe is the thing that actually determines whether afhgans will see their government as legitimate or not and therefore whether the insurgency will gain popular support. there is talk about taliban justice and so on. i was in afghanistan from 1993 to 1996, the first time that the taliban took over the country. they didn't lead with the islamic foot. they tried to, but that is not what got them support. they led with a law and order foot, they led with the notion when you have chaos, we will provide you with basic security, law and order and swift justice and it may look gruesome to us and a lot of afhgans, but it looks better than insecurity and injustice. and so don't think that the thing that afhgans are weighing in their own mind is whether what the constitution says that we help the afhgans to write in 2004, versus the taliban, because that is not the choice they see. the choice they see is war lordism and corruption at the local level, versus what the taliban offer and then the taliban start to lo
infrastructure that moves us back to a theory serious investment attitude, the kind of thing lincoln would have understood, the kind of thing dwight david eisenhower understood that would build a momentum of economic growth in the long run. wheels about what to do it in an intelligent way and i recommend all of you to read the paper and look at what governor wilson did after the northridge earthquake, what governor leavitt did in order to reconstruct highways around salt lake city for the olympics, and what governor schwarzenegger date to years ago when there was a fire on the oakland, california bridge i am the president of the center for american progress. thank you for joining us. we are honored to have richard holbrooke in this spectacular team. we have more members in the front row. this region of the world is of security concern for the night it stays. it was reaffirmed by the president in march when he made the case for a stronger, smarter, commitment to the conflict there. the center has made this a primary focus to the ongoing work of human policy analysts, particula
for slowg the cost growth and we recognize that it is going to take all of us working together to make that happen and it is a quality and an efficiency issue. thank you. [applause] >> thank you, again to all three of you. we will open up the session as well to questions from the audience. and as we are waiting, let me just ask one quick one because i want to make sure we all are o the same page as we emerge from what we have just heard. in essence, what we heard from you, gene, is not withstanding any discussion about class untrimmed cuss o slashing medicare, what is being talked abouin terms of medicare savings quote unquote out of health care reform bills, something in the neighborhood of 400 billion, $500 billion over a 10ear period. really is kind of chump change, you are saying. you ain't seen nothing yet, given the rate of growth in medicare and what the nation will have to eventually do. and in terms of thinking about winners or losers, you said obviously there will be some losers. but we really have an area of ambiguity around the whole notion of what will happen to beneficiar
the privilege to be part of the, which is going to use the cell phone platform, going to use the technology that is more ubiquitous in people's hands to deliver updates about the status of immigration applications, these applications and the like via cell phone. so to the point many, many more people are going to have access to information that previously was never available to them before because the information existed in a closed box similarly a meeting like this that would have only been available are accessible to somebody that could come to washington, that is a much higher barriers for the submission by lowering the barrier making it available through a web connection through a virtual protection and i think you are right to bring into the third windows we are creating opportunities using cell phones and other less-expensive technology we began to glow were the barriers but we are working towards projects like the one the president mentioned from the immigration service that will allow people to get the window in government more readily and excessively and we do need policy to match
the government going forward? >> this could not be a more important issue for us. we have been asking him to focus on this issue and without going into too many details, after the election is complete and i stress that we are not going to know on the evening of august 20 to the wilderness, they will not call this election on cnn. until actually, all 41 of the candidates -- the process will take a while, and they will have to count the votes and there will be hundreds of observers out there. something like six or 800 journalists have registered from around the world, including some of you in this room. after this process is determined, there will be disputes as there are in american elections. . r a rath elengthy delay and so after this is settled, we will be looking to the government and when i say we i want to echo what jane marriott said. we means the international community. this has been one of the main topics that i've discussed with my 24, 25 counterparts. we will be asking the government to reinvigorate or invigorate if it's a different president, the leader -- leadership in these
-- what are we doing on design-build? >> traditionally gsa has not used design-build extensively with you with recovery acts -- the majority of projects will be design-build projects. >> what kind of -- >> i was searching through -- >> it would seem to me -- this is a situation where we need to employ this strategy so i would be real curious what you're doing at gsa. >> we started getting the money -- most of our projects -- we had more projects ready to go than we had dollars, so we -- the -- and so part have what you're seeing -- what we're seeing right now is i believe it on the o & m as soon as those projects are ready, we're sending those out and it's happening. on the construction side there are again the -- i think there are other factors that cause an effective schedule for a construction project, but in our criteria, i think the corps does design-build. it is an effective technique. in the case of the stimulus, we were focusing on projects that had designs completed or were completely complete so we had go ahead and go ahead to that. i don't know the direct answer to your questio
for the fda ever to take us to court to sue, and mr. mulvihill can't sue us and his lawyers can't get discovered to get those documents. >> their lawyers are going to tell them of we don't produce these documents, we can go to jail. the ceo can go to jail. that is to the fda brings criminal prosecution against, not some low-level people. there were two supreme court decisions, one in 1944 and one in 1975, to bring criminal prosecution against the highest corporate officials, because they are ultimately responsible for the actions of the company. >> mr. mcgarity, i want to -- >> a couple points, that might happen but it doesn't. you don't see that many criminal prosecutions hopefully because it doesn't happen that often but the fact of the matter is the underlying fact of the matter is when we get this information about what was going on in the drug company files and device manufacturer files, it is not because fda inspectors got it, it was because the plaintiff sued and we had discovery, we had depositions taken, we had whistle-blowers within the company come forward with that informa
that that kind of grass roots can be done at the national level. you showed us that the blogging, the internet, the small community that you have created electronically can easily be converted out into the streets and put bodies anin the streets out there. out there. to be like that now. whoever can put down the ground forces is going to win these races. people need to be heard. you have showed us the way to do it. you are going to be critical in the future. this debate is just getting started. if we sit back and do nothing, by saying no and criticizing a proposal, that can win the day. we are not going to allow that to happen. i want to thank you for that. i want to thank you for your our reach. i want to thank you for fighting back and letting the voters and the elected officials know that we expect them to make the changes that are needed. when you have done is unbelievable. i am glad you are here in pittsburgh. i know that all of you raised your hand, you are going to be treated to a great city with great activities. remember, it was not that long ago that we were not doing ourselves that
of trying to give the banking industry support it needed to pull us back from the precipice, and i think we realize now, we look at the gdp, and it has been revised. it is 6.4% in the first quarter negative growth, and we have come a long way, but we still have a very long way to go. negative one so we've come a long way. the president want as proper foundation and pillars to have an economy sustainable over the long haul, so that's why we pass the recovery bills to give us a quick jump start to create jobs over the next couple of years but in addition to that, healthcare reduction of cost is a number one way to get our economy going. renewable energy, passing reform to invest in clean energy and economy we need. green jobs of the future. and then back to education, back to education again. to education again. what the president is lly trying do is create a framework where businesses can expand and grow and compete in a global marketplace, but we need a regulatory framework so the next initiative coming working it's way through congress and there's already a lot circulating is to provide t
of experts who were used to interrogate these suspects, this will be more efficient, you'll get better information? >> well, the president's view is that we can always work harder to protect the american people, and when he signed an executive order that put this task force in place to find new methods by which we can get more intelligence by scientifically proven means, he thought that they would be able to come up with a good plan in order to do just that. he has full confidence in this plan. and he's going to continue to support it going forward. >> and one other thing on afghanistan. is the president at all concerned that perhaps there are not enough troops on the ground to get the job done, as he really has ramped things up there? i mean, there's the sense that we don't have enough people on the ground there to get the job done. >> well, as the -- let me start by saying that the men and women who serve the united states in afghanistan are performing courageously and bravely under the most dangerous conditions in the world, and the president appreciates their service and is humbled
for the assessment coming on the heels of last friday's g.d.p. report. this gave us a look at overall performance in the second quarter of this year and a clearer sense of the depth of the recession over the past five quarters. in a whimsical moment, i sent in as a title of the talk, "so, is it working?" and given the provocative title, i should probably get right to the answer. absolutely. the recovery act taken by the treasury and to stabilize the market and housing sector is it working to change the trajectory of the economy. it is providing a crucial list of aggregate demand at a time when the country needs it most. we feel the effects will build through the end of this year and the beginning of the next. 3 let me begin by discussing the motivation for the fiscal stimulus and the logic behind its design. the u.s. economy slipped into a recession in december of 2007. the initial downturn was relatively mild. real g.d.p. declined at a rate of just .7% in the first quarter of 2008 and job loss was about 100,000 per month. in deed, a well-timed temporary tax e rebate that began going out in late
judge sotomayor was questioned about the death penalty and her use of the foreign law i'd say this, this was repeatedly mentioned that she might use foreign law to decide a death penalty case. what do we have as facts and evidence? there was one case of the death penalty came before her and she rejected the claim of someone who wanted to say that the death penalty wouldn't apply when she was a district court judge. and she never cited foreign law. there was no mention of france or any kind of law anywhere in that decision. those are the facts in her judicial record. in no place has she ever cited foreign law to help her interpret a provision of the united states constitution. you know, i believe that about everything in a nominee's professional record is fair game to consider. afterall, we are obligated to determine whether to confirm someone for an incredibly important lifetime position. that's our constitutional duty, and i take it seriously. with that said, when people focus on a few items and a few speeches that judge sotomayor has given phrases which she has basically said she
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appropriated about $880 billion to fund u.s. overseas contingency operations with a great majority of that funding devoted to iraq and afghanistan. over that period, america's reliance on contractors has grown to unprecedented proportions. to support logistics security more than 240,000 contract employees, about 80% of them, foreign nationals, work in iraq and afghanistan at one time to support department of -- the department of defense. additional contractor employees support the department of state and the u.s. agency for international development. contractor employees outnumber u.s. military person emin both theaters. they have a critical mission and according to reports from the military in theater, they are doing an exceptionally good job providing security, transportation, meals, laundry and other services. the questions raised today in no way detract from the overwhelming good opinions of contractors' support for u.s. missions, or obscure the fact that nearly 1,400 contract employees have died on duty in southwest asia. the questions do however reflect serious concerns about
but then the cdc then regulates a transfer of pathogenic organisms within or among u.s. labs. and the b.i.s. however controls these pathogenic organisms to other nations. and as i mentioned before, the vast majority of cdc agents are controlled by the b.i.s. which means it 98% of the agents are controlled. however, the cdc sometimes add new organisms onto that list. and so it takes -- there's a lag time between what the cdc have on their list and what the control have on their regular list. so in other words it takes time for them to be updated. but in general, we try to keep the cdc select agents and the commerce control agents similar. so that there is -- there will be an overlap. and in addition to data, the b.i.s. control organisms and not on the select agent list. so in other words, the b.i.s. would control genomic control. if the organism is controlled than the genomic materials is also controlled and this would be listed under 1c53. what we mean by genetic elements, the genetic elements refer to acid sequences that are associated with pathogenity, microcontrol organisms. so as lo
the other judges and justices who look at this to discover a new right. a right which, and i use quotations, a right which will jeopardize all noncapital sentences, potentially. it will essentially a loud judges taken to its illogical extreme to engage in a joke ball on every sentencing of every on every sentencing of every individual before the court has never allowed that and i predict they won't allow that in this case. one of the -- i did not believe my friend in california when she told me that the anti-incarceration act in these republished reports depicting pictures of eight, nine -year-olds on the front covers of the reports because i knew, as a criminal defense attorney, and prosecutor, and now a sitting judge in the military, that nobody, no state sentences eight or nine -year-olds, tiger scouts essentially, we blows, to life without parole for any crime they permit. they go into the juvenile justice system. and even if, for one reason or another would go to an adult court, if they were 10 or so they will not get life without parole. so much to my surprise, i looked at a few of th
such a study? their first response to us was, first of all, and has not been done. they did not think it was feasible to do it, but they did not think it was ethical. they had real concerns about the ethics of randomizing a group of children to not receiving vaccines, because they were concerned about the risk involved in not vaccinating a large number of children. you would need a very large number for such a study. >> so we really cannot tell that. i do know of people now with children who are not letting their children get those numbers of vaccines. some of these are highly educated, professional people, and they have decided -- they will not give it to them by the age of two, maybe up by the -- may be bought age of five or six. i know a lot of that is happening out there. a lot of pediatricians will not treat a child if, in fact, they are not getting these immunizations that -- will tell the parents that if you do not agree to the vaccination schedule, you cannot be a patient of mine. i know a lot of people that basically are not having their kids vaccinated. i do not know the ram
this on "washington journal." host: tell us about the progress that was made on monday and what the senate may or may not be doing. guest: the house energy and commerce committee was able to pass the house democrats' version of health reform bill. they have been having a bit of trouble all along the way with some of the more conservative democrats, but they were able to make some deals and the house should take it up when they return from recess. the senate finance committee is working on a bipartisan health care bill right now and they will be working on this all week. i do not expect to see a final bill from them this week. aba proposal or something like that, but nothing complete. they have sent us a deadline of the 15th. probably after the recess. host: what about the fact that they were able to move forward before the recess? was that vital? guest: there was a deadline set by the president for the house to pass something before they left for the recess. it was significant in that they were able to get it out of committee with some of their members. it was important for them to pass something out
as to what that really means. thank you for starting us off. it is hard to turn the end -- of course, the discussion, but that being the part of real the and mike, we will talk about some of the reality of life -- being part of the reality of life, we would like to talk about some of the reality of life on the hill. maybe i will start with you and work back. some general thoughts -- tell us a little bit about what first motivated you to go out and run for congress. i do not think any of you were legislators before? correct? i would like to hear what motivated you to run, a little bit about what you really hoped to get done when you were elected, and then may be an honest assessment of how difficult it may have been to see some of that come to fruition. if you've got some success stories, i would love to hear them. we are also a little bit interested in -- because we want to get to reality -- what are the frustrations and roadblocks? >> i remember in july of 2005, drinking liberally at the brewery in philadelphia and i set out was running for congress. a lot of folks didn't know who i
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